You’ve been grooming your dog all wrong!

If you’re the proud owner of any of the dogs listed down below then you may know (or not) that they in fact have a double coat, yes, they have two different layers of hair – keep on reading to find out how to care for their luscious manes, especially as days are getting hotter and more and more pet owners begin to groom their dogs in a very harmful way.

Dogs with double coats :
Akita
Alaskan Husky
Shiba Inu
Siberian Husky
Australian Shepherd
Shetland Sheepdog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Great Pyrenees
Newfoundland
Golden Retriever
Labrador Retriever
Miniature Schnauzer
Havanese
Pomeranian

The most common (and harmful) mistake.

The first coat has the fine, fluffy hairs that are short and close to the skin. This is the fur that sheds; light and soft. This layer is amazing at insulating your dog. Basically it keeps them warm in the winter, and cool in the summer!

The second coat is made up of “guard hairs” that don’t shed, and protect your pet from the sun’s harmful rays and bug bites, It protects them from the heat!

So here’s the deal…

Do not shave your dog!

It’s a mistake to think you’re helping your animal stay cool, particularly in summer, you will be doing quite the opposite, evolution has provided them exactly what they need to survive. By shaving off their outer coat that protects them from UVA/UVB and heat waves you will be doing your furry friend more harm than good.

By shaving them you may destroy their ability to properly heat/cool themselves and protect their skin. The best way to keep this kind of dog cool and comfortable is to regularly bathe and brush them, here’s some tips on how to do so!

To prevent tangles and knots in your pup, you need to brush your dog at least two or three times a week.
Removing loose hairs from the top coat is simple, go over your dog with a wire brush or comb.
If you have to cut one out, pinch the fur as close to your dog’s skin as possible to prevent accidentally cutting his skin.

We hope these tips help you and your dog to have a great, safe and heatstroke free summer, Enjoy!